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What to Buy at Target? Not These 5 Things

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What to buy at Target? A whole lot of stuff, according to my wallet. There’s only one thing I like more than I like Target: a screaming deal that beats Target. With Target price matching just about any other store and the RedCard giving you another 5% off, beating Target’s prices on anything isn’t easy to do. But it can be done.

Here’s a quick list of things you should never buy at Target because you’ll get a better deal somewhere else. Become a savvy shopper by knowing Target’s price match policy. Already bought something and found a better price? Here’s what you need to know about Target’s return policy.

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1. Don’t buy a Target Nintendo Switch; buy it at Best Buy instead.

A person's hand holding a Nintendo Switch box and two Nintendo game cards in the Nintendo aisle at Best Buy.

There are plenty of Target video game deals out there, but buying a Target Nintendo Switch is a different story. We rarely see heavily discounted prices on the Nintendo Switch throughout the year. Target does offer the occasional Switch bundle deal during Black Friday, and you can always get a 5% discount with your RedCard, but we want more!

In December 2021, Best Buy had a Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle with 3 months of online access for $299.99. That’s $58.98 of extras included in this bundle that you wouldn’t get at Target.

See all the Nintendo deals here.

2. Don’t buy Target bikes for the kids; buy them on instead.

A woman standing next to a Sport Bike inside Walmart

Kids’ bikes are like kids’ shoes — they outgrow them too fast to justify spending more money than is necessary.

When it comes to Walmart vs. Target, is definitely the place to go for your kid’s new bike.

Here’s the interesting thing: on the surface the 16″ Huffy bikes below seem to be the same. But since they’re not the exact same make and model, Target won’t price match them. Shop Walmart online and save over $20:


3. Don’t buy Target pregnancy tests; buy them at Walmart instead.

A person holding an Equate pregnancy test in front of the pregnancy test shelf at Walmart.

I bet you thought I was going to say to shop at Dollar Tree. Psych! Walmart is the cheapest place to get a pregnancy test. The price of a Walmart generic brand pregnancy test might make you skeptical of the accuracy, but even if you buy a couple just to be sure, you’ll still save money. My doctor even said they’re fine to use.

Plus, when you compare them to name-brand Target pregnancy tests like First Response or Clearblue, you’ll save as much as $12 at Walmart.

Plus, the Up & Up pregnancy tests get some terrible reviews, with customers claiming they’re defective. Yikes.



4. Don’t buy Target Sonicare replacement heads; buy generic ones on Amazon instead.

A person's hand putting a new head on a Sonicare toothbrush at a sink next to another toothbrush and more brush heads.

Regular Target Sonicare replacement heads can be pretty pricey. If you want to save the most money, buy the Amazon generic version because they’re much cheaper at $1.70 per head. Not only are they significantly cheaper, but they also have great reviews. Plus, if you add them to your Amazon Subscribe & Save orders, you can save up to 5% more.

5. Don’t buy your bread at Target; buy it at Dollar Tree instead.

Loaves off Oroweat bread sitting on a shelf at Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree sells Oroweat bread, and it’s the lowest regular price you’ll find on that brand anywhere. Bread at Dollar Tree isn’t expired, but it’s closer to expiration than bread at Target, so throw it in the freezer or make a nice sandwich plate when you get home.

Sometimes, Dollar Tree just beats Target.

  • Dollar Tree (Oroweat bread): $1.25
  • Target (Oroweat bread): $3.79

What products do you avoid when you’re picking up your Target haul? Let the rest of the KCL community know in the comments below!

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